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Sociology, Religion and Grace

1st Edition

By Arpad Szakolczai


416 pages

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This book offers a sociological analysis of the Renaissance, focusing on the concept of grace, and the unity that exists between its various meanings: theological, anthropological (gift-giving, Mauss; and sociability, Simmel), and aesthetical (beauty and gracefulness).

Since the seminal work of Max Weber rooted capitalism, and thus the modern world, in the Protestant ethic, interest in the Renaissance among social scientists has been minimal. However, this book argues that the heart of the European tradition lies in a series of renascences, going back to Minoan Crete and its rebirth in classical Greek civilisation, during an earlier global age.

The Renaissance forged a novel unity between the Judaic-prophetic and Minoan-Athenian traditions, renewing grace in all its aspects and thus revitalising Europe. This attempt tragically failed and the modern world is the outcome of this explosion. All this has vital contemporary relevance, as the classical European tradition is still a unique source suggesting a way out of the spiralling logic of globalisation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Grace And Gift-Giving Beyond Charisma

Part I: The Births And Re-Births Of Grace In Antiquity

1. Minoan Grace

2. Grace In Greece

3. The Three Graces

Part II: The Experiential Bases Of Tuscan Renaissance Painting

4. The Tuscan Renaissance

5. The Tuscan ‘Maniera Greca’ And Its Experiential Bases

6. Cimabue And The Bonaventuran Origins Of Renaissance Painting

Part III: The Flowering And Demise Of Renaissance Grace

7. Leonardo Da Vinci: The Early Years

8. Leonardo Da Vinci: The Mature Works

9. Michelangelo

10. Raphael

Conclusion: Retrieving Connections

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion